11.030 – Guarding Detainees at a Hospital
Effective Date: 12/19/2012
This policy applies to sworn personnel guarding a detainee at a hospital.
1. Officers Assigned to Hospital Guard are Provided by the Precinct Where the Arrest Occurred -See 11.030-PRO-1 Hospital Guard
2. Hospitalized Detainees Arrested for a Felony, Felony Warrant or Domestic Violence Related Crime Require a Hospital Guard
Exception: A watch lieutenant may determine that a hospital guard is not needed based on the circumstances.
3. Hospitalized Detainees Arrested for a non-Domestic Violence Misdemeanor or Misdemeanor Warrant Do Not Require a Hospital Guard
Exception: A sergeant may determine the need for a hospital guard based on the circumstances.
Officers may use the Charge by Officer Program (CBO) instead of providing a hospital guard for detainees arrest for a non-domestic violence misdemeanor.
Officers will instruct detainees arrested for a non-domestic violence misdemeanor warrant to notify law enforcement when they are released from the hospital.
- The detainee can call 911 to turn himself in, or go directly to KCJ for the warrant.
- If the detainee does not turn themselves into KCJ then the officer may complete a GO Report with a CBO for escape.
4. Detainees Charged with a Crime While Under Hospital Guard are Guarded by the King County Jail Staff
If a detainee under hospital guard is charged with a new crime then the investigating follow up unit is responsible for obtaining staff from the King County Jail to take over the responsibility of guarding the detainee.
5. A Patrol Sergeant will Notify the Sergeant of the Appropriate Follow-up Unit when a Detainee Under Hospital Guard is Admitted to the Hospital
a. If hospital guard is needed.
b. The level of restraints required.
c. If visitors are authorized.
d. If detainee is allowed to use the phone.
2. Coordinates a rotation to relieve officers.
3. Assigns sufficient officers to guard the detainee.
4. Maintains visual contact on the detainee.
5. Remains on post until relieved.
6. Arranges for a replacement if a break is needed.
7. Ensures the detainee is appropriately restrained.
8. Does not allow anyone into detainee's room except:
a. Medical Staff
b. Detainee’s attorney
c. Authorized visitors
9. Contacts a patrol sergeant for any disputes that arise between officer and hospital staff.
10. Resolves any issues between officers and hospital staff.
11. Coordinates with Sergeants from the next shift to ensure the officer(s) assigned to hospital guard is relieved in a timely manner.